Labour’s international trade representative, Barry Gardiner, was left stumbling over his words on the late night analysis programme when he was unable to provide details about Labour’s latest Brexit position.
Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn made a major speech announcing he wants to keep Britain in an EU customs union.
The negotiating position, which is at odds with the strategy put forward by the Tories, would conflict with the divorce deal already made between Brussels and the UK.
However, when asked about the consequences of Labour’s new Brexit policy on the divorce deal, Mr Gardiner appeared confused.
The host of the programme, Evan Davis, said: “It’s all been agreed, It’s been signed.
“Britain has signed a joint report, it’s a withdrawal agreement.
“Are you saying you would renounce what they signed?”
The MP appeared lost for words before admitting: “Don’t try and bind us by what an incompetent Prime Minister has done to try and make sure she can square the circle in her own cabinet.”
Pushing for a straight answer, Mr David quizzed: “Are you basically saying you don’t stand by the agreement reached in December.”
This time the Labour man said “no”, implying Labour would, therefore, stand by the first stage agreement signed off on by the Tories.
Exasperated the politician had given two opposing answers, Mr Davis frustratedly said: “I mean, you are or you’re not, you can’t have it both ways?”
The MP appeared unsure of how to answer and instead chose to give a vague response to the new policy rather than answering the question.
He said: “Jeremy set out today Labour’s position and that is that we want to honour the Good Friday Agreement.”
A nervous laugh shortly followed the response from Mr Gardiner as the politician appeared to be relieved when the host moved the conversation on.
Speaking in Coventry yesterday the Mr Corbyn said his party supported remaining in a customs union but failed to explain in any great detail what that meant.
He said: “Labour would seek a final deal that gives full access to European markets and maintains the benefits of the single market and the customs union.
“We have long argued that a customs union is a viable option for the final deal.
“So Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe and to help avoid any need for a hard border in Northern Ireland.”